Finally, the disclosure and performance scores of Asian-based and European- based companies are comparable, and exceed the scores of companies from North America and the rest of the world (Figure 7). A closer look at the results, focusing on the 905 suppliers to North American Supply Chain members only, shows that suppliers in Asia and Europe are more likely to have comprehensive climate-change strategies in place—and have generated better results—than their competitors in North America or the rest of the world. (Figure 8). These strategies could translate into a competitive advantage for Asian and European suppliers as environmental factors begin to play a greater role in the business world.
Regarding specific concerns, suppli- ers overall are increasingly aware of the impact of climate change on their operations. More than half (53%) of respondents expect climate change to lead to increased operational costs, and 74% of those that cited regulation as a risk expect increased costs to impact their business within the next five years (Figures 9 and 10). However only 28% of suppliers reported a reduction in overall emissions in 2011 compared to 43% of their customers.
Figure 7 – Carbon Disclosure and Performance Scores for companies responding to the 2011 Supplier Information Request.
Disclosure Score by Geographic Region Asia (204)
52% Europe (488) North America (947) 45%
Rest of World (204)
35% All Suppliers (1,843) 47% 0 20 40
Performance Band by Geographic Region Asia
Europe C North America D Rest of World D (N=49) All Suppliers 3% 0 E D 20 C 40 B A 60 80 100
Only companies with Disclosure scores of 50 or greater were scored for Performance
Figure 8 – A comparison of 905 suppliers to North American members of the Supply Chain program.
More Asian and European suppliers had emission reduction targets in place, accrued monetary savings through emission reduction initiatives and communicated on their climate change strategy than peers from North America and the Rest of World (ROW). Emission Reduction Target
79% 68% 44% 24% Monetary Savings 51% 32% 28% 21% Communications 66% 78% 54% 37% 10 Asia Europe North America ROW D (N=885) (N=420) (N=273) 60 80 100 Mean
C (N=113) 53%
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